In the summer of 1960, the Committee for Nonviolent Action (CNVA) came to New London to oppose the launches of the Polaris-class submarines, the first nuclear-armed submarines in the world, and to educate the local public about the dangers of those new weapons of mass destruction. But after the summer had come to a close, some CNVA members stayed in the area to continue their direct opposition to the submarines. One attempt to disrupt the launch of a Polaris sub, the Ethan Allen, occurred on November 22 of that year. Despite failing in its primary goal, the truly heroic efforts of the participants apparently left a powerful impression on some of the civilian and military witnesses. Moreover, as we shall see in next week’s follow-up story, the nonviolent direct action strategy proved to serve the CNVA members well, even when they were sent to prison.
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Henry, Bill. “Nine Arrested in New London.” Polaris Action Bulletin. 3 December 1960 (Bulletin #16), pages 1-2.
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